February 18, 2011

The Front Row


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There is a fine line between loving one’s own image and hating it. With this image, I straddle that line. I processed it on my semi-calibrated monitor that is in dire need of re-calibration and loved it. Then I viewed it on my never calibrated-because most people never calibrate their monitors, so how will it look to them-monitor. And I hated it.

Naturally, I decided to post it anyway.

So if you like it, it’s obviously because I have great vision as an artist. If you hate it, its because my calibrated monitor is way off.

Technical issues aside, a little background on this.

Its from last summer’s shoot at the Washington Mill complex. The complex has been empty for a few years, but the property is maintained and monitored. So, on paper, its not abandoned. I got access through channels.

This section is at the intersection of the industrial section and an office section of the complex. I found the chair sitting in the middle of the archway and shot it from a couple of angles. This was my favorite.

Unless of course, its completely black on your monitor. Then of course, I hate it and I don’t know what I was thinking.

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  1. I love it, you’re a genius. Maybe slightly mad, but there’s nothing wrong with a slightly mad genius. The dark aspect of this adds a vat of needed drama in my books, all the important elements are easy to see and pop out rather nicely.

  2. Well, I think it’s awesome man. I’m really loving that light in the middle of the room. It draws my eye in a good way. Very nice HDR work.

  3. Looks great to me Bob. Your use of shadow is a big part of what makes your images exceptional. They convey a sense of mystery and danger. There are way too many urbex shooters out there making dull, evenly illuminated images of clutter.

  4. I dig the shot Bob, the golden light cast in the ceiling is awesome… I can’t tell you how many times I process an image on one monitor and then look at it on another and it’s totally different. I’m usually the only one bothered by it 🙂

  5. I also am a fan. I love darker images though. One thing that threw me off was the wet spot in the middle of the floor. It almost looks neon to me. But, like you say, it could be my monitor. I love the composition though!